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The Scientists

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Comedians and "scientists" Madelyn Freed (The Annoyance) and Blythe Roberson (New Yorker, The Onion) investigate a new scientific topic each month at Union Hall in Brooklyn. From AI to romantic attraction to body decomposition, Madelyn and Blythe give an hour-long lecture with help from NYC's funniest comedians. At the end of every show, they bring out an actual scientific authority to pester with questions and to tell them where they went wrong.

Latest Episodes

Dinosaurs w/Allie Goertz, Joe Zimmerman, Paul Gale, Madelyn Freed, Blythe Roberson

EIt’s DINOSAURS, friend-o’s!!!!!! everyone loves dinosaurs and everyone loves our lineup: Allie Goertz (Mad Magazine) Joe Zimmerman (Comedy Central), Paul Gale (HuffPo). Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall November 17, 2017 as part ofthe Brooklyn Podcast Festival!! Live sound and recording by Chris Medrano. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Original poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates)

62 MINMAR 4
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Dinosaurs w/Allie Goertz, Joe Zimmerman, Paul Gale, Madelyn Freed, Blythe Roberson

BUGS w/Jaboukie Young-White, Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, Christine Johnson, Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed

EEp 7:BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!!!! We got bugs to show you and bugs to warn you about. Blythe loves a chill roach and Madelyn admires aphids as feminist heroes. Jaboukie Young-White, Bennet Ferris, andHarris Mayersohn scramble around and are generally freaky-deaky but also tell jokes. Plus scientist Christine Johnson from the AMNH with expertise onparasites and their hosts, with a specialization on slave-maker ants. Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall September 15, 2017 as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Live sound and recording by Chris Medrano. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Original poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates)

73 MINFEB 28
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BUGS w/Jaboukie Young-White, Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, Christine Johnson, Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed

Cancer w/Sachi Ezura, John Reynolds, Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed

EEp: 6This show was so good that after this show a bunch of Sloan Kettering administrators asked for my autograph. We delighted them and probably the audience with dreadful facts about CANCER. Did you know that the doctors that invented chemotherapy tried to poison their young patients with anything they could think of including mustard gas? Did you want to know? Sachu Ezura and John Reynolds yummed our yucks, too. Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall Oct 24, 2017. Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates) with edits by Josh Roman. https://good-orbit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheScientists-Cancer.mp4

58 MIN2019 OCT 3
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Cancer w/Sachi Ezura, John Reynolds, Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed

Lying to Yourself

EThis month we’re psychologists. And you have to pay us $225/hr to be told that you’ll swim faster if you tell yourself you’re terrific. So pony up, kiddo. Kings and queens of Brooklyn Mitra Jouhari, Alex Watt, and Zach Zimmerman floor us with giggling. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Tuesday, June 6, 2016 at Union Hall Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning. https://good-orbit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/theScientistsLyingToYourself.mp4

74 MIN2018 NOV 22
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Lying to Yourself

Dead Bodies w/Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, Friends Who Folk & Bess Lovejoy

We don’t mean to spook you but someday Blythe is going to die. What is going to happen to her? We will tell you in excruciating detail and Madelyn’s not going to like it. Luckily, Madelyn’s mom didn’t ever give her permission to die so she can’t. They talk to Order of the Good Death member, author, and alive ghost Bess Lovejoy. We got some cool ass witches on the docket scamming us with tricks, Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, and Friends Who Folk. (Bowen Yang’s motivational dance to fend off rigor mortis was unfortunately too hot to share!) Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed host. Recorded Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Union Hall Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning.

89 MIN2018 JUN 4
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Dead Bodies w/Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, Friends Who Folk & Bess Lovejoy

Romantic Love w/Dr. Helen Fisher, Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song & Catherine Cohen

EWe did this show because Madelyn had a fever dream about a scientific study that may never have existed at all. If you have any information about it, please call 911. We truly figure out love in this episode with the help of the queen, Dr. Helen Fisher. Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song, and Catherine Cohen thrill us with their little skits. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Live at BRIC HouseMay 2, 2017. Live sound and recording by Andrew Lulling and Evan Zierk at BRIC. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit.

-1 s2018 JAN 9
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Romantic Love w/Dr. Helen Fisher, Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song & Catherine Cohen

Garbage

EThis month, we’re anthropologists, and we’re slaves to capitalism. Madelyn meets her hero, Elizabeth Royte, and Blythe doesn’t like Kondo-ing. Everyone’s best friends Halcyon Person and Matt Barats YUCK it up, Catherine Cohen does it in song.

81 MIN2017 NOV 21
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Garbage

Artificial Intelligence w/Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin

EArtificial Intelligence Is the robot takeover around the corner? Or is it just nerd apocalypse that we have nothing to worry about? Madelyn & Blythe explain the singularity, and comedians Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin weigh in. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Liveat Union Hall, Feb 7, 2017. Live Sound by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning. ABOUT THE SHOW Comedians and “scientists” Madelyn Freed (The Annoyance) and Blythe Roberson (New Yorker, The Onion) investigate a new scientific topic each month. From AI to romantic attraction to body decomposition, Madelyn and Blythe give an hour-long lecture with help from NYC’s funniest comedians. At the end of every show, they bring out an actual scientific authority to pester with questions and to tell them where they went wrong.

96 MIN2017 SEP 16
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Artificial Intelligence w/Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin
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Latest Episodes

Dinosaurs w/Allie Goertz, Joe Zimmerman, Paul Gale, Madelyn Freed, Blythe Roberson

EIt’s DINOSAURS, friend-o’s!!!!!! everyone loves dinosaurs and everyone loves our lineup: Allie Goertz (Mad Magazine) Joe Zimmerman (Comedy Central), Paul Gale (HuffPo). Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall November 17, 2017 as part ofthe Brooklyn Podcast Festival!! Live sound and recording by Chris Medrano. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Original poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates)

62 MINMAR 4
Comments
Dinosaurs w/Allie Goertz, Joe Zimmerman, Paul Gale, Madelyn Freed, Blythe Roberson

BUGS w/Jaboukie Young-White, Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, Christine Johnson, Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed

EEp 7:BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!!!! We got bugs to show you and bugs to warn you about. Blythe loves a chill roach and Madelyn admires aphids as feminist heroes. Jaboukie Young-White, Bennet Ferris, andHarris Mayersohn scramble around and are generally freaky-deaky but also tell jokes. Plus scientist Christine Johnson from the AMNH with expertise onparasites and their hosts, with a specialization on slave-maker ants. Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall September 15, 2017 as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Live sound and recording by Chris Medrano. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Original poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates)

73 MINFEB 28
Comments
BUGS w/Jaboukie Young-White, Bennett Ferris, Harris Mayersohn, Christine Johnson, Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed

Cancer w/Sachi Ezura, John Reynolds, Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed

EEp: 6This show was so good that after this show a bunch of Sloan Kettering administrators asked for my autograph. We delighted them and probably the audience with dreadful facts about CANCER. Did you know that the doctors that invented chemotherapy tried to poison their young patients with anything they could think of including mustard gas? Did you want to know? Sachu Ezura and John Reynolds yummed our yucks, too. Madelyn Freed and Blythe Roberson host. Recorded at Union Hall Oct 24, 2017. Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit. Poster by Hallie Bateman (@hallithbates) with edits by Josh Roman. https://good-orbit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheScientists-Cancer.mp4

58 MIN2019 OCT 3
Comments
Cancer w/Sachi Ezura, John Reynolds, Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed

Lying to Yourself

EThis month we’re psychologists. And you have to pay us $225/hr to be told that you’ll swim faster if you tell yourself you’re terrific. So pony up, kiddo. Kings and queens of Brooklyn Mitra Jouhari, Alex Watt, and Zach Zimmerman floor us with giggling. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Tuesday, June 6, 2016 at Union Hall Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning. https://good-orbit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/theScientistsLyingToYourself.mp4

74 MIN2018 NOV 22
Comments
Lying to Yourself

Dead Bodies w/Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, Friends Who Folk & Bess Lovejoy

We don’t mean to spook you but someday Blythe is going to die. What is going to happen to her? We will tell you in excruciating detail and Madelyn’s not going to like it. Luckily, Madelyn’s mom didn’t ever give her permission to die so she can’t. They talk to Order of the Good Death member, author, and alive ghost Bess Lovejoy. We got some cool ass witches on the docket scamming us with tricks, Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, and Friends Who Folk. (Bowen Yang’s motivational dance to fend off rigor mortis was unfortunately too hot to share!) Blythe Roberson and Madelyn Freed host. Recorded Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Union Hall Live sound and recording by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning.

89 MIN2018 JUN 4
Comments
Dead Bodies w/Jo Firestone, Josh Gondelman, Friends Who Folk & Bess Lovejoy

Romantic Love w/Dr. Helen Fisher, Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song & Catherine Cohen

EWe did this show because Madelyn had a fever dream about a scientific study that may never have existed at all. If you have any information about it, please call 911. We truly figure out love in this episode with the help of the queen, Dr. Helen Fisher. Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song, and Catherine Cohen thrill us with their little skits. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Live at BRIC HouseMay 2, 2017. Live sound and recording by Andrew Lulling and Evan Zierk at BRIC. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning for Good Orbit.

-1 s2018 JAN 9
Comments
Romantic Love w/Dr. Helen Fisher, Elna Baker, Patti Harrison, Alexandra Song & Catherine Cohen

Garbage

EThis month, we’re anthropologists, and we’re slaves to capitalism. Madelyn meets her hero, Elizabeth Royte, and Blythe doesn’t like Kondo-ing. Everyone’s best friends Halcyon Person and Matt Barats YUCK it up, Catherine Cohen does it in song.

81 MIN2017 NOV 21
Comments
Garbage

Artificial Intelligence w/Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin

EArtificial Intelligence Is the robot takeover around the corner? Or is it just nerd apocalypse that we have nothing to worry about? Madelyn & Blythe explain the singularity, and comedians Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin weigh in. Hosted by Blythe Roberson, Madelyn Freed Recorded Liveat Union Hall, Feb 7, 2017. Live Sound by Dave Polk. Produced and edited by Shannon Manning. ABOUT THE SHOW Comedians and “scientists” Madelyn Freed (The Annoyance) and Blythe Roberson (New Yorker, The Onion) investigate a new scientific topic each month. From AI to romantic attraction to body decomposition, Madelyn and Blythe give an hour-long lecture with help from NYC’s funniest comedians. At the end of every show, they bring out an actual scientific authority to pester with questions and to tell them where they went wrong.

96 MIN2017 SEP 16
Comments
Artificial Intelligence w/Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Stephen Markow, and Rob Dubbin
the END
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